In the last 7 days Donaghcloney have won three matches to leave them in second place in the league and fighting for promotion back into Section 1.
Donaghcloney Cricket Club Juniors completed a successful season with the Under 11s taking their division league title – winning an enthralling final against Instonians “B” on Friday night. The Under 13 and 15 teams finished runners up in their leagues. Two players, Ben Wilson and Matthew Daly (pictured) were selected to play representative cricket for the NCU Under 11s and a Northern Ireland team who played against their Southern counterparts. Jobin Joy was also included in the NCU U15 squad.
The Under 11s had a great run in the Quoile cup, beating senior clubs such as Lisburn, CIYMS and Ballymena on the way to the final, before succumbing in the final to Instonians by 7 wickets. In their league section, they were undefeated, with comprehensive wins against Lisburn, Lurgan, Armagh, Laurelvale and Derriaghy. A play-off win against Carrickfergus setup another final against Instonians, playing their “B” team for the league title.
Donaghcloney 1st XI and 2nd XI were both playing Laurelvale on Saturday. The firsts traveled to Laurelvale with hopes of beating local rivals and keep any hopes of promotion alive. The forecast for the day was mixed but with the fine weathr of the previous 2 weeks the pitch at Laurelvale looked hard and fast. read more…
On Friday night Donaghcloney Under 11’s earned their way into the final of the Quoile Cup by beating Dundrum. In a game that they won convincingly Donaghcloney batted first and scored 110. Matthew Daly and Cameron Long were the backbone of the innings with 37 and 26 respectfully.
Dundrum then failed to get going with some excellent bowling and fielding. Wickets were shared between Matthew Daly, Joshua Cunningham, Sam Cunningham and Ben Wilson who all claimed 2 scalps. 2 run outs capped off a great team performance. Details of the final will be posted when it is finalized.
Donaghcloney took on local rivals Waringstown in a top of the table clash on Saturday 19th July at the Factory Ground. Richard Lyttle won the toss and decided with a long batting line up to have a bat on a very good pitch. However he was dismissed in the 3rd over for only 2 runs to his name. Shane Warren and Alan Harland then saw off the open bowlers with Shane playing some very fluent shots to keep the run rate moving. However when Shane (27) and Alan (4) where dismissed in the same over with the score on 45 it brought two new batsmen of Matthew Lyttle and Gareth Copeland to the crease. Matthew soon had his eye in and dispatched Keith Morrison first 2 overs for 20. This forced Waringstown to spread the field that played right into Donaghcloney hands. The two experienced batters now picked up easy singles and twos in a match winning stand of 117. Gareth Copeland was then caught in the 30th over for 45 and Matthew Lyttle followed soon after for an excellent 74. This brought about a flurry of wickets to fall from Robert Lyttle, Johnny Dowd’s, Johnny Stevenson and Timmy McClure to leave Donaghcloney in a position of not batting the full 40 overs. However Donaghcloney 2XI top run scorer Stephen was still occupying the crease and hit a quick fire 45 off 21 balls to allow Donaghcloney to pass 200 comfortably. A few late blows from William Fisher (14*) meant Donaghcloney finished with an above par score of 249 in 40 overs. Waringstown then got off to a steady but slow start in response thanks to tight bowling from Matthew Lyttle (0-12-5overs) and Jonny Stevenson (0-14-6overs). read more…